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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Lecture Series 2014–15

Phillips, RichardSteering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips

Sept. 9, 2014 – Captain Richard Phillips
7 p.m. – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their television screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was made the subject of an Academy Award nominated motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009.

On-campus users can view Captain Richard Phillip's Sept. 9 presentation at

Woo, CarolynCommon Good, Uncommon Excellence

Nov. 6 – Carolyn Woo, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services
7 p.m. – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Christ reminded us that He is in our neighbors and that our love for them represents our love for Him. In this spirit, Catholic Relief Services provides assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable, committed to excellence as our beneficiaries are entrusted to us and deserve our very best. This presentation will highlight sustainable and innovative solutions for building up lives and livelihoods. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the U.S. to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents. Dr. Woo was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June, 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of "a force for good." Before CRS, she served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. During Woo's tenure, the Mendoza College achieved number one ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011.

Temple, StanleyRemembering a Lost Bird: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

Nov. 13 – Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison
7 p.m. – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

In 1914 the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo, ending a calamitous half-century in which the pigeon declined from billions to one and then to none as a result of uncontrolled market hunting and the resulting disruption of nesting colonies. The loss of one of the world’s most abundant birds stands as the iconic extinction event in our country’s history. Accounts by early naturalists, such as John James Audubon, describe flocks darkening the sky. In 1871 the largest nesting ever recorded occurred in central Wisconsin. That well documented colony of many millions of birds covered 850 square miles with nests in almost every tree. In 1947 Aldo Leopold penned one of the most poignant essays ever written about extinction, “On a Monument to the Pigeon” which later appeared in his classic book A Sand County Almanac. On the occasion of the 2014 centennial of this tragedy Temple recounts the sobering story of the Passenger Pigeon and what it can tell us about the ongoing extinction crisis and our relationship with other species. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He has spent his career working to save endangered species and the habitats on which they depend. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Bridges, RubyThrough My Eyes: Then and Now

Jan. 19 – Ruby Bridges
7 p.m. – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Like Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Ruby Bridges is an important part of America’s civil rights history. But the difference between Bridges and other civil rights icons is obvious. She entered the history books when she entered first grade. On Nov. 14, 1960, surrounded by armed U.S. Federal Marshals, she became the very first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans and the youngest foot soldier of the civil rights movement.

Today, Bridges is an adult who encompasses that rare commodity known as “living history.” She has been featured on Oprah, Primetime, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Good Morning America, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. She has been the topic of stories in The New York Times, People Magazine, Los Angeles Times and hundreds of other publications.

This lecture is part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Schloss, EvaHiding, Betrayal, Survival: The Life and Times of Anne Frank and Eva Schloss

March 26 – Eva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor, Anne Frank's childhood friend and stepsister
7 p.m. – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee. Among the emigrants was eight-year-old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, father, and brother moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age.

The two girls became friends and playmates. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later they would become stepsisters.

Schloss survived her concentration camp experience and made her way to England, where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. Her stepsister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank.

Since 1985, Schloss has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. 

Tickets for this event will go on sale to the general public Monday, Feb. 2. They may be purchased at the Viterbo Box Office, online at www.viterbo.edu/tickets, or call 608-796-3100. $15 main floor/$10 balcony/$5 students. 

Barnett, CynthiaAn American Water Ethic

April 16 – Cynthia Barnett, journalist and author
7 p.m. – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Cynthia Barnett is a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She is the author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. and Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis. Her new book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History will be published in April by Crown/Random House.

Blue Revolution, which calls for a water ethic for America, was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. The Globe describes Barnett’s author persona as “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” The Los Angeles Times writes that she “takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness.”

This lecture will be the keynote presentation for an international conference on Water Ethics. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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